Senior Researcher

Cambridge Assessment

What it’s about

The Research and Technical Standards team in OCR is looking for a Senior Researcher to join the team.  The team is responsible for supporting OCR’s vocational and general qualification awards in terms of data provision and technical support, and for providing technical input into assessment issues nationally, and qualification reform.

The main focus of the Senior Researcher role will be on producing research and technical analyses to inform and influence technical discussions internally, with other awarding organisations and with the regulator. You will lead research projects which contribute to the work of the team, ensuring that research projects are conducted to schedule, are of very high quality, and that research processes are efficient and effective.  You will be responsible for dissemination of those projects to both internal and external audiences.  Familiarity with standards and technical issues within assessment would be an advantage.  You will also be responsible for line managing and developing the Research Assistant post.

What you’ll be doing

  • Designing and leading high quality research studies, often working closely with other internal stakeholders, other awarding bodies or the regulator.
  • Providing analyses and short reports at short notice to inform discussions internally, with other awarding bodies and the regulator.
  • Disseminating and implementing research findings with internal and external colleagues.
  • Contributing technical assessment expertise to the summer examination series, providing advice and support to colleagues.
  • Managing a Research Assistant.

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for somebody who has a proven research background, with a strong knowledge of research design and methods, and an up-to-date knowledge of the UK examination and assessment system.  You will be a proficient user of statistical data analysis software, preferably in SAS, with very good interpersonal skills, and confident in meetings and presentations. Experience with qualitative research methods is also desirable.

Who we are 

OCR (Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations) is a leading UK exam board. We provide qualifications which engage people of all ages and abilities at school, college, in work or through part-time learning programmes. Our general and vocational qualifications equip learners with the knowledge and skills they need for their future, helping them achieve their full potential.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a market leader and be rewarded with valuable learning opportunities, a competitive salary and benefits.

In addition to a competitive salary, we offer a superb range of benefits: 

  • Generous contributory pension 
  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays 
  • Annual performance related bonus and increases (discretionary) 
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity pay and childcare voucher scheme 
  • Employee discount and cash back scheme at 2,500 retailers 
  • Cycle scheme 
  • Subsidised canteens 
  • Support for professional qualifications 

Work/life balance is important to us here at Cambridge Assessment, and we offer all our colleagues a range of flexible working options, which suit both the business and the employee.  So please let us know of any flexible working requirements when applying and we can see how we can support you.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 23 October 2017 and interviews will be held on 1 November 2017. 

To find out more about this role please view the job description or to apply, please upload your covering letter and CV. 

As part of your recruitment process you will be required to undergo a background screening. This will be carried out by our selected supplier, Credence Background Screening Limited.

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